Last day for Bill Stafford, and new tool on iOBIS

Submitted by julio on Sat, 2010-05-22 00:00

Bill Stafford, IT manager, is leaving the OBIS project aftermore than three years. Bill was responsible to maintain the OBIS web site, and make sure the IT behind OBIS was able to keep up with the ever-growing number of species distribution records. He was responsible for several new featureson our web site, and will be dearly missed. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Fortunately Bill has agreed to remain on call as a consultant, for when things go wrong, or when present staff of the OBIS secretariat is not able to perform certain tasks.

Just this week Bill was able to complete a new feature. It is now possible to download search results as a KML file; if Google Earth is installed on your computer (as it is for so many people), clicking 'Download as KML file' will open the species distribution, summarised to number of observations per square, for the last query you've performed. To the left is a screenshot of the distribution of Centropages typicus; you can create the same map - and maps for any other species with distribution records in OBIS - by going to our web site

OBIS is a project of:
IOC-UNESCO
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.